Philosophy of Science for Theologians

An Introduction

by Gijsbert van den Brink (Author)
©2009 Monographs 302 Pages


This book tells the story of the philosophy of science from its inception in the aftermath of the first World War to its current stage, and relates this story to the status of theology. In doing so, it fills a remarkable gap in the literature. The unexpected resurgence of religious issues in often heated discussions since the beginning of the 21st century gave a new urgency to the question of the academic treatment of religion(s). Is it still adequate to allow for the academic study of religion only in a distanced and matter-of-fact way, without people’s own views of life being brought into play and confronted with each other? Or can we also have a viable form of theology that starts from a basic religious commitment, but nevertheless fully satisfies academic standards? There is a wide debate on topics like these – but seldom this debate is conducted in a way that is informed by the state of the art in the philosophy of science.


ISBN (Hardcover)
Christian theology theology science and religion
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2009. 302 pp.

Biographical notes

Gijsbert van den Brink (Author)

The Author: Gijsbert van den Brink taught Philosophy of Science and Philosophy of Religion at the Faculty of Theology, Utrecht University. At this moment he is Associate Professor in Dogmatics at the VU University Amsterdam, and Extraordinary Professor in the History of Reformed Protestantism at the Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University.


Title: Philosophy of Science for Theologians